Islamic Inscriptions by Sheila S. Blair
Call Number: Art Library CN 1153 .B55 1998
Publication Date: 1998-07-01
Details the development, content and style of the primary types of inscription as well as how to locate, identify, interpret, research, and record them.
The first object created by God, according to early Muslim commentators, was the pen, which he used to chronicle events to come. The word, in its various manifestations, is central to the Islamic faith, and inscriptions are central to Islamic art. They serve numerous functions: decorating, proclaiming ownership and patronage, proffering good wishes and proverbs, and spreading religious texts throughout the world.